I began working as a Realtor in 1988 and I have remained a full-time realtor ever since. This is largely due to the fact that when you own a home, you are fulfilling a lifelong dream. My part in making that dream come true is what has kept me in the real estate business this long! It has always been my goal to have the majority of my business generated by referrals from satisfied clients and I have worked hard to achieve that.
Over 80% of my real estate business comes from satisfied clients referring their family and friends. Buying or selling your home is both an emotional and financial decision. During this process, your well being, goals and what is best for you is always my top concern. I never pressure you to do anything that is not according to your schedule. These things take time and a lot of decision-making has to be done, so it is important that the focus is on what is best for you! Honesty and integrity are words I live by and practice not only in every real estate transaction but also in all aspects of my life. My clients and friends know that they can trust me to speak the truth and do the right thing surrounding any decisions that are made.
Because of my strong belief in giving back, I am always actively involved in the community through volunteer work and charitable contributions. I continue to raise awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network, Breast Cancer and Cancer Research and I donate to them from every one of my real estate transactions.
I think if you talk to any buyers I have worked with, they will tell you that I probably talked them out of buying more houses than into buying one - because I want the one they purchase to be the perfect home for them. I tell the truth and although my honesty may cause me to make recommendations that increase the difficulty of the decision, they know I always have their best interests at heart by looking at all aspects of the process.
When I bump into one of my clients downtown or at the grocery store, I want them to be glad to see me because they had a great real estate experience. That means keeping an eye on things like resale value, potential pitfalls and potential gains. It also means being brutally honest 100% of the time. Every house has a buyer that has the right fit. I look for that fit under every stone and in every nook and cranny until we hit that Eureka moment when you know you’ve found your home.
I will work with you until we find just the right home for you, and then I will negotiate vigorously to obtain it at the best possible price.
If you are buying a house I will
- Educate you about the current housing market conditions
- Discuss and analyze best alternatives that best fit your budget and criteria
- Resolve any challenges that may arise when purchasing a new home
- Provide the highest quality of service so that you feel comfortable and confident in the process
I love helping people sell their homes. As a Market Value Appraiser, my honesty is forefront when I walk my clients through what needs to be done to sell their home and determine an accurate selling price. An accurate selling price is key to getting your home sold within a reasonable time frame. I research many comparable properties and use my extensive knowledge in the real estate industry to ensure that the selling price I recommend is not inflated or undervalued. In addition, proper marketing techniques are vital and my team and I use a variety of innovative approaches.
Different online media, print and advertisements will ensure that we maximize the number of impressions and will increase our chances at finding the perfect buyer for your home. Finally there are the negotiations. I will always have your best interests in mind and work to negotiate a win-win situation so that all parties are satisfied with the outcome. It is important to understand throughout the sales process the best interest of my client will always come first.
If you are selling a house I will:
- Expertly market your home through channels like social media, websites, and multiple listing services
- Conduct a comparative market analysis to demonstrate what other homes in your area have been sold for in the recent months
- Secure the assistance of other professionals for completing the paperwork accurately and while meeting critical deadlines
- Complete a property profile of your home, including current conditions, surroundings and special features
My Team & Qualifications
I understand the synergy a team can achieve and how this benefits my clients. I have surrounded myself with a support team of professionals who each contribute a valuable skill set to my real estate business.
Together we work hard to ensure that you have a great real estate experience. My team and I have built a successful real estate business by always working toward our goal of having satisfied clients happily recommend “The Bonnema Team” to their family and friends.
I love doing business the By Referral” way!
I am a licensed full-time Realtor with over 30 years of sales, marketing, and management experience with the Sarnia-Lambton Real Estate Board since 1988. I have developed a strong sense for the business and housing market within the area. I think it is extremely important to constantly update my real estate education.
I am always working towards new courses, methods, and information that will enhance the process for you. As a result, I have received many of the Re/max sales awards. I am fortunate to be a member of one of the most successful real estate brokerages in Lambton County. I belong to a group of elite Ontario real estate professionals known as the STAR group that meets once a month in Toronto.
This gives me access to the latest tools, technology and information in the real estate industry. We discuss the latest technology, ideas, and real estate innovations which help to enhance our clients’ experience.